The town of Sherrard is heartbroken after losing five of their own in a deadly fire Wednesday morning, including four children.
They came together at the United Methodist Church in Preemtion, IL to pray to grieve and most importantly to be there for one another.
"It's a very close knit community from the very first word this morning of finding out the terrible news. I think the first thing people were asking is what can we do to help." said Sherrard High School Principal Garet Egel.
There were hugs and tears. This entire town still in disbelief. "Stunned and shocked and are still trying to come out of this horrible nightmare." Pastor Cindy Rettig said after spending the entire day with one of the families devastated by Wednesday's tragedy. "A nightmare they wish they could wake up from and just take their kids in their arms and everything would go back to the way it was but it can't."
The news left classmates in shock as well. "I started crying its just awful." said one high school student. "It feels so unreal feels like its not suppose to be happening." added another.
"Nice kids that were pleasant quiet smiling a big loss to our district." said Egel adding the tragedy will affect each school in the district. "Its going to impact all of the buildings in our district. One in high school, one in junior high, one at Mathersville Intermediate and one at Sherrard Grade School."
Egel says the woman killed also worked at the school. "Very strong person smiling all the time laughing just some one who would bring a smile to your face."
Something that may be a long time coming to this town now in so much pain. "There's nobody to blame its just a tragedy that happened." said Pastor Rettig.
Principal Egel says Sherrard schools will have extra counselors on hand when students return to class on Monday.
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